HGH Deficiency Causes You Need to Know
There are various causes of HGH deficiency, and understanding how the decline in growth hormone occurs can play a role in receiving the benefit of treatment.
What causes growth hormone deficiency and how does a person find out if this is a condition that is present?
To answer the question in reverse order, blood analysis is first used to determine if there is a significant decline in growth hormone levels in the body. This will also show if there are any particular inflammation issues or other markers that might call the need for further diagnostic testing, such as to rule out cancer, tumors, or other serious matters.
This leads to the causes of growth hormone deficiency in adults:
- Childhood GH deficiency – this would have been treated with HGH therapy to correct short stature in adolescence. For some people, treatment will need to continue throughout their lives. These individuals are typically under the long-term care of an endocrinologist.
- Brain tumor – this will most likely be located in or near the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
- Head injury – serious trauma to the head can affect the pituitary gland’s ability to secrete growth hormone.
- Radiation – treatment for brain cancer or tumors can also affect HGH secretion.
- Infection – some illnesses can interfere with hormonal output.
- Surgery – surgery to the head can also affect GH production.
- Genetic abnormalities – Prader-Willi or Turner syndromes (usually diagnosed early in life).
- Autoimmune disease
- Blood supply interference – not enough blood getting to the pituitary gland.
- Aging – it is widely known that the body naturally decreases the production of a variety of different hormones as a person ages. Many people have no problem at all with this decline, but for some, adverse symptoms can become an issue in everyday life – necessitating treatment with HGH therapy.
- Lifestyle decisions – poor sleep, bad dietary choices, reduced or lack of exercise, and increased stress can all affect growth hormone production.
- Unknown or undetermined reasons
Whatever the HGH deficiency cause, treatment is available to help the body perform all functions associated with growth hormone at optimum levels. Hormone replacement therapy specialists prescribe HGH injections that are customized in terms of dosage and frequency of treatment for each individual. This allows for a state of homeostasis – balance – to be reached.
HGH deficiency causes are many, but for adults over forty, the most likely reason has to do with the decline in production that began early on in one’s thirties, or even late twenties for some people. If the rate of secretion reduction is severe, symptoms can start to show by way of early aging signs.
Although there are many possible causes, HGH deficiency can be treated. Contact a hormone replacement therapy specialist at National HRT® for a no risk, free of charge, confidential consultation.